February 19th, 2013 by samsb

Cyprus Villa Holidays

Lying to the south of Turkey and being the third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is rich in history and natural beauty making it an excellent choice for your villa rental.

Desired by a range of admirers since time immemorial, this legendary home of the goddess Aphrodite has been fought over by a multitude of cultures including the Egyptians and Persians.  In more recent history, this former British colony has been divided into two by the Turks and Greeks.  Most tourists head towards the more Westernised and well known South, but a villa rental in the less developed Northern Cyprus can offer a quiet holiday in a peaceful, family orientated environment at an affordable price.

Cyprus benefits from a balmy Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild, wetter winters.  Unless you are a sun worshiper, when average daily temperatures of 29° C throughout July and August combined with white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters could make a summer visit to a Cypriot villa the perfect option.  Most holiday makers chose to visit in the spring and autumn.

Villa Rentals in Southern Cyprus

Southern Cyprus is blessed with a varying topography of mountains and coastline.  The Troodos Mountains cover most of the southern and western areas of the island and includes Cyprus’s highest peak Mount Olympus.  Although not home to the Gods, there is a hidden treasure to be found here as Mount Olympus is home to a little known ski resort with four pistes, three T-bar ski lifts, a ski school and gear hire shop.  So, how about a villa rental between January and March when, good snowfall permitting, you could combine visits to archeological sites dating from the Stone Age through to the Roman Empire with the amazingly bizarre experience of skiing on a Mediterranean island just off the coast of Africa!

For a more conventional beach holiday, a villa in one of the coastal towns could be perfect for anyone as each resort has its own unique attractions.  Ayia Napa competes with Ibiza as Europe’s party capital and provides a good holiday destination for the young and young at heart who wish to rent a villa as a base more than a place for rest!

Head south around the coast to Limassol for a contrasting resort where the Germasogeia Tourist area is linked to the Old Town via a seafront promenade.  Combine the party lifestyle and festivals with a trip to the medieval castle on which site Richard the Lionheart was said to have married his fiancee en route to his third crusade.

For those looking for a more relaxing holiday, have a look at our villas in some of the smaller villages around the coast.  Resort towns such as Protaras and Coral Bay are a good choice for families or coastal villages like Pissouri, Polis and Peyia can offer you a hint of how island life was before the tourist boom.

Villa Rentals in Northern Cyprus

Allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised by the little visited gems of Northern Cyprus.  This timeless land has largely remained untouched by the mass tourism that has engulfed a large proportion of the south of the island.

Historical monuments and buildings blend with beautiful scenery and the Karpas Peninsula is a nature lover’s paradise where sea turtles nest on the beaches and wild donkeys roam amongst the unspoilt hills.

To truly get away from it all, there is no better place for a villa holiday at a very affordable price than Northern Cyprus.

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